Club 3D Radeon HD 7950 

Released January, 2012
  • 850 MHz
  • 3 GB GDDR5
7.3 Out of 10

Thanks to PowerColor's dual fan cooler the card is a lot quieter than the AMD reference design, and runs cooler too - pretty impressive!
by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2012)
The game graphics are top notch, even today, yet the game still runs well on most computers.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)

GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon HD 7950 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Radeon HD 7950
6.8
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

Radeon HD 7950
7.7
T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Radeon HD 7950
7.1
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon HD 7950
7.8
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Radeon HD 7950
n.d.
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

Radeon HD 7950
7.5
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.3

Overall Score

Radeon HD 7950
7.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon HD 7950

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7950
352.34 mHash/s
Radeon RX 480
609.98 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7950
75.16 mPixels/s
Radeon RX 480
120.55 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7950
3,359.08
Radeon RX 480
3,356.26

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7950
3,719.2
Radeon RX 480
3,717.86

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon HD 7950
57.43

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon HD 7950
353.88
Radeon RX 480
420.46

Battlefield 4

Radeon HD 7950
33.5

Crysis 3

Radeon HD 7950
45

Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon HD 7950


9.1
This power configuration is good for up to 225 W of power draw.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

Overall I would say the card is "quiet", making it a good choice for high-end gamers who want to enjoy their games without a lot of fan noise coming from the graphics card.
by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2012)
Sapphire's HD 7950 Flex uses a higher GPU clock than the AMD reference design, which will help gain some extra performance.
by techPowerUp! (Jul, 2012)
You may combine up to four HD 7950 and HD 7970 cards from any vendor in a multi-GPU CrossFire configuration for higher framerates or better image quality settings.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)

Price

Pricewise PowerColor is asking a $15 price premium for their card compared to the AMD reference design's price, which is justified and actually puts the card at a better price/performance level than the AMD version.
by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2012)
In terms of pricing, PowerColor is asking a $15 price premium over the AMD reference implementation.
by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2012)
MSI could not provide a final price for the card yet, but we assume it will clock in at $480, like the other custom-design HD 7950 cards.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)

Power

Another small contribution to increased power draw is the second fan of the MSI cooler, which adds less than 0.5W. A new feature of the HD 7900 Series is AMD ZeroCore Power, which will power off the card as soon as the monitor output is blanked, during screen saver for example.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)
On cards with power limiting systems we will disable the power limiting system or configure it to the highest available setting - if possible.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)
In this review, we're testing AMD's reference design HD 7950 graphics card, which is similar in design to the HD 7970, except it has a lighter VRM, and draws power from two 6-pin PCIe power connectors instead of the 6+8 pin layout on the HD 7970.
by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2012)

Overclocking

GPU overclocking works well, but the final overclock seems a bit below what we have seen on other HD 7950 cards (AMD ref: 1085 MHz, PowerColor PCS+: 1145 MHz).
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)
Since the card uses the same CHL8228 voltage controller as the reference designs, overclocking with existing tools will be a breeze, and the card is officially supported by MSI Afterburner, too.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)
The greatly improved cooler and the overclock out of the box actually makes the choice a no brainer.
by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2012)

Applications

Moving away from the European setting of previous Total War games, the game is now designed around principles of the brilliant Chinese general Sun Tzu and his book "The Art of War.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)
After the tremendous success of Far Cry, the German game studio Crytek released their latest shooter Crysis in 2007.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)
Due to the massive success of the first game, Blizzard chose to focus large aspects of the game on multiplayer combat through Battle.net.
by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand AMD
GPU name Tahiti PRO
Market Desktop
Clock speed 850 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon HD 7950 800 MHz 3 GB

raw performance

Shading units 1,792
Texture mapping units 112
Render output processors 32
Compute units 28
Pixel rate 27.2 GPixel/s
Texture rate 95.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,046.4 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,250 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,000 MHz
Memory bus 384 bit
Memory 3,072 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 240 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 200W
Idle noise level 40.7 dB
Load noise level 53.1 dB
Idle power consumption 112W
Load power consumption 321W
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Only 1995 dollars? Hot dog!
Go with these heavy power hungry GPU's if u have a 27" to 30" monitor or triple display setup because the 7950 has more headroom(2560*1440 n 2560*1600) to play above full HD 1080p maxxed out settings. u got a 22" monitor u can always go with a HD 7850 or 7870 graphic cards as they are more than enough for playing games at full HD with ultra settings.
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